Our Cardiac Psychology Service provides psychological assessment and therapy to patients who are under the care of a Cardiologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital or South Tyneside District Hospital.

We aim to promote psychological wellbeing and support, in relation to cardiac events, such as:

  • Heart attacks (MI)
  • Coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG)
  • Other open heart surgery
  • Electrical faults with the heart (AF, tachycardia)
  • Heart failure

We work alongside Consultant Cardiologists, Specialist Cardiac Nurses and Specialist Physiotherapists to deliver coordinated care. We also work alongside the Steps to Health programme for cardiac rehabilitation. Patients can be referred by the Cardiac Team at Sunderland Royal Hospital for various difficulties in relation to their cardiac health, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression & low mood
  • Emotional adjustment
  • Stress management
  • Lifestyle difficulties

If the difficulty is primarily a long-standing mental health problem, then alternative psychological support can be offered through the Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service, Talking Changes (for patients in the Durham Locality) or the South Tyneside Lifecycle Mental Health Service.

Opening hours

The service is available Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Finding us

Clinics are held at Sunderland Royal Hospital, on the fourth floor of Chester Lodge and in the Cardiac Centre.

Our team

Dr Claire Dickinson - Clinical Psychologist


Referrals are accepted from members of the cardiac team

Contact us

Clinical Health Psychology Services

Chester Lodge

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road


Direct Line: 0191 5410058

Main hospital number: 0191 5656256 extension 40058